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DESSEL, Henry A. (1861-1924)


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Date: 6/9/2021 at 12:24:18

Henry A. Dessel
(January 27, 1861 June 23, 1924)

H. A. Dessel, County Auditor of Ida County, Iowa, has been a resident of this county since the spring of 1881. At that time he located at Ida Grove, and for two years and a half afterward was employed as a clerk in a general merchandise establishment. He then went to Holstein, this county, and engaged in the hardware and implement business for some eighteen months, at the end of which time he was appointed Postmaster by President Cleveland and served
four years. After that he was elected to his present position, and since the fall of 1889 has served most efficiently as County Auditor. Mr. Dessel was born near the province of Westphalia, in Germany, January 27, 1861, son of Henry and Mary A. (Figge) Dessel. His father died in Germany, and his mother
came to America and is now a resident of Iowa. He was reared on a farm and in a mercantile establishment, and received his education in the public and parochial schools of Iowa. His marriage occurred in Ida Grove, Iowa, June 20, 1884, the lady of his choice being Miss Ottilie Witt, a native of Davenport, this State. They have had two children: Arthur and Willie. The former is
deceased. Mr. Dessel is a self-made man. He began life without means, has worked his way up and is now ranked with the well-to-do men of the county.
Source: Biographical History of Crawford, Ida, and Sac Counties, Iowa, 1893, p.312


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